Cynsations

Native American Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors: Nonfiction

DREAMING IN INDIAN: CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN VOICES edited by Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in) and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick Press, 2014). Divided into four sections, ‘Roots,’ ‘Battles,’ ‘Medicines,’ and ‘Dreamcatchers,’ this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media. Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the future, DREAMING IN INDIAN refuses to shy away from difficult topics. An innovative and captivating design enhances each contribution and makes for a truly unique reading experience. Ages 12-up. More on this title from Cynsations. Compiled from promotional materials.

CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II by Andrea M. Page (Standing Rock Sioux) (Pelican, 2017). In World War II code making and code breaking reached a feverish peak. The fabled Enigma cipher had been broken, and all sides were looking for a secure, reliable means of communication. Many have heard of the role of the Navajo Code Talkers, but less well known are the Sioux Code Talkers, who used the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota dialects. Told by the great-niece of John Bear King, who served in the First Cavalry as a Sioux Code Talker, this informative title explores not only the importance of the indigenous peoples to the war but also their culture and values. Follow the seven Sioux who put aside a long history of prejudice against their people and joined the fight against Japan. Ages 10-up. More on this title from Cynsations. Compiled from promotional materials.

ROCK & ROLL HIGHWAY by Sebastian Robertson (Mohawk), illustrated by Adam Gustavson (Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt, 2014). Canadian guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson is known mainly for his central role in the musical group the Band. But how did he become one of Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time? Written by his son, Sebastian, this is the story of a rock-and-roll legend’s journey through music, beginning when he was taught to play guitar at nine years old on a Native American reservation. The story of a young person’s passion, drive, and determination to follow his dream. Ages 7-12. More on this title from Cynsations.

Keepers

Keeper of the AnimalsKEEPERS OF THE ANIMALS: NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES AND WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and Michael J. Caduto (Fulcrum, 1991). SEE ALSO: KEEPERS OF THE ANIMALS TEACHER’S GUIDE by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and Michael J. Caduto with illustrations by John Kahionhes Fadden.

KEEPERS OF THE EARTH: NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and Michael J. Caduto (Fulcrum, 1988). SEE ALSO: KEEPERS OF THE EARTH TEACHER’S GUIDE by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and Michael J. Caduto with illustrations by John Kahionhes Fadden.

KEEPERS OF LIFE: DISCOVERING PLANTS THROUGH NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES AND EARTH ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and Michael J. Caduto (Fulcrum, 1994). SEE ALSO:  KEEPERS OF LIFE TEACHER’S GUIDE by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and Michael J. Caduto with illustrations by John Kahionhes Fadden.